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Address: 4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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+1 225-765-2437
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum...

Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum complex, one of the best outdoor museums in the U.S., featuring tools, furniture and other artifacts and, the highlight, a recreated 19th-century plantation that portrays the daily lives of these early settlers.

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A trip back in time

A must visit if in the area. It has so much to offer, all the homes and other buildings are originals. It has such a large and versatile collection of antiques. We really enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit if in the area. It has so much to offer, all the homes and other buildings are originals. It has such a large and versatile collection of antiques. We really enjoyed it and highly recommended.

Thank Marcia R
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here several times and I still love it. The presentation is excellent. There is so much to see, do and learn. It has never been crowded, in fact we were the only ones there on this visit. There is a huge variety so everyone should find something of interest: history of the Louisiana, the buildings depicting plantation... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike most of the plantation destinations, this extensive museum offers a look at how the other lived. Not just slaves, but artisans and farmers. Huge collection of tools, artifacts, etc. Don't miss this while in Baton Rouge.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I had read glowing reviews of the museum before we arrived and I was expecting a lot more. The museum is divided into indoor exhibits and historical buildings outside. The curated indoor exhibits were OK. They explained Louisiana rural life primarily when enslaved people were providing much of the labor on farms. A few of the written descriptions about the... More 

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Killeen, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

A very good museum that gives an over all picture of life in Southern Louisiana in ante and post Civil War Era. The inside collection includes many items that have been donated by local family members. Outside there is a rather large collection of plantation buildings with explanations as to their original use. It is nice to walk around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

beautiful, educational and eclectic the LSU Rural LIfe Museum will take you back to a time when agriculture was king in LA...worth a stop especially on a nice day...allow 1-2 hours

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is how the British Museum ranked the Rural Life Museum in the 1980's. Not only is it a working agricultural research facility for LSU students and faculty. It has special days such as Christmas Bonfire Day and Harvest Days, where one can go on a hay ride or learn how to shuck corn. My grandsons love to watch the... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Fascinating and changing exhibits of historic Louisiana. Docents are extremely helpful with information and make sure a complete understanding is accomplished.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

In Baton Rouge for an event, I was looking for something to do with the rest of my time. Scrolling through Trip Advisor, I hit on this top 10 attraction. It's a good-sized combination of everything from mundane household items to vehicles to buildings. There are many plaques describing various items and their usages as well as their provenance (when... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

visited the museum with a group of navy reunion members and was very impressed with our guides knowledge of rural life in Louisiana. We found it very informative and interesting. Should have allowed for more time to visit.

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